‘Genuine and rabid’ Duterte fans sila! No public funds spent for Pinoy celebs in Russia – Panelo

Photo courtesy of Mitch Dela Cruz Tagbe 

The administration issued a statement regarding the celebrities who went along with President Rodrigo Duterte’s trip to Russia said they did not spend any public funds for their travel.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Thursday, these celebrities paid their own travel expenses to pay visit and entertain the Filipino community in Russia as well, saying they are “genuine and rabid fans” of the President.

“With regard to the show biz people who are here, as far as I know, when they entertain the Filipino community while waiting for the arrival of the President, they are not paid. They have been doing that during the presidential campaign. They just happen to be genuine and rabid fans of the PRRD,” Panelo said

“As far as I know these artistas came over Moscow on their own. The government did not spend for their fare and hotel accommodations,” he said.

Among the celebrities who joined the official visit of the President to Russia were Cesar Montano, Philip Salvador, and comedian Moymoy Palaboy.

This statement from Palace came after some netizens questioned the presence of the said showbiz personalities in the trip saying they dont even hold any government position.

Meanwhile, based on the information released by Malacanang, the official delegation to Russia consists of the following officials:

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año
Agriculture Secretary William Dar
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar
Presidential Spokesman and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo

Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta

Source: Politiko

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